Leeds United ready to snub £30m Weston McKennie signing despite deal already being in place
Leeds United are not planning to sign Weston McKennie permanently this summer despite agreeing a £30m option with Juventus, according to 90min.
The Whites agreed a loan deal in January for the rest of the season, but included an option to make the transfer permanent in the summer should they wish too.
McKennie has made eight appearances for the club so far in the Premier League, but a fresh report claims there is already a belief that the deal won’t be made permanent at the end of the season.
“90min understands that, as things stand, however, Leeds are not looking to keep hold of the USMNT midfielder beyond current campaign – despite having a €33m option to buy the player,” they wrote (22 March).
There are a lot of conflicting reports about the buy-option clause between Leeds, Juventus and McKennie and it seems that nobody really knows what is going on.
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Some reports have claimed (Mo Ibrahim, 16 March) that the deal will become permanent if Leeds avoid relegation automatically, while this claims that McKennie won’t join permanently as it stands.
McKennie has been a very good signing so far, adding plenty of energy and bite to the midfield and his partnership alongside Tyler Adams has been very productive.
But with Jesse Marsch gone now from the club, how much the new manager will want to keep him around is certainly up in the air and it would make sense not to commit a big chunk of the summer budget to a player that isn’t wanted.
It would be hard to find a Leeds fan who is totally against him staying, but circumstances would certainly make people consider if it’s the right call or not.
In other Leeds news, Harry Redknapp has backed one Whites ace to “go to the next level” amid his recent performances.
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